Greetings, Altenew fans! Yana is here hosting April challenge. We decided to continue the “From Places Abroad” theme and are once again inviting you to go abroad with us in search for creative inspiration!

This month’s theme: From Places Abroad: The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

April Challenge: From Places Abroad - China

A look of one of the main buildings inside the Forbidden City

April Challenge: From Places Abroad - China

A close up of the art work on the walls inside the Forbidden City

Traveling is always exiting. You get to see so many incredible and breathtaking things around the world! Today I’m inviting you to travel to The Forbidden City in Beijing, China to be inspired by the remarkably beautiful art work on the walls of the buildings inside the City.

I was fascinated by the combination of colors and the abundance of gold and created the following card:

April Challenge: From Places Abroad - China

I substituted blue with the dark purple and heat embossed several butterfly outlines onto the cardstock panel using gold embossing powder.

April Challenge: From Places Abroad - China

I also emphasized the gold with two stripes made out of gold mirror cardstock and a stunning antique trim. I brought in a bit of aqua using thread which I tucked under the simple sentiment.

April Challenge: From Places Abroad - China

Play Along:

Make a card, a tag, a layout or any other project based on the inspiration photos above. You may use any one of the two pictures or a combination of them for your inspiration. You may use either the colors, the composition, the elements, the texture or any combination to create your project.


  • Make a new project for each challenge and post it by 11:59 pm EDT April 30st.
  • Use at least one Altenew stamp
  • Link back to Altenew April Challenge in your post
  • When uploading your project, make sure to link to your entry post, not your entire blog
  • You may enter as many times as you wish!


After the challenge closes, Four winners will be selected, and one random winner will be drawn. Each will receive a $30 store credit at  Winners will be announced at the beginning of the next month.

Please click on the button below to link your challenge entries. We can not wait to see where this month’s inspiration takes you!